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Lord of Misrule

Definition of Lord of Misrule in English:

historical A person presiding over Christmas games and revelry in a wealthy household.
Example sentences
  • The fun was presided over by the Lord of Misrule, full of lewd and naughty pranks - and usually strictly for the grown-ups.
  • Our pagan ancestors had a wild and boozy time presided over by the Lord of Misrule, who got up to rude and mischievous pranks.
  • The songs they sang were traditional and tied in with pre-Victorian mid-winter celebrations where the Lord of Misrule presided over jollities which were rather wild at heart.
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